Open Roads

Trust and Order
on the open roads
and Good behaviour
south of John O’Groats
Beautiful steering
on the boulevards
pot-holed roads
for speeding cars

But mad disorder
bad brute behaviour
crass ugliness
and detritus
and economic failure
plague our ways
and highways
upon these ugly open roads

There’s carnage out there
blood-baths waiting
to be driven into
by anticipating tourists
salivating for Capalidis ice cream
living the dream
Thoreau’s to quote
on the open roads